Loading...
 
Features / Usability

Features / Usability


Re: Re: Re: Why not integrate phpBB?

posts: 1539 Canada

Hi!

There was a debate about this a few years ago. I had no strong opinion at the time. But, with hindsight, I now support 100% Luis Argerich's decision. I think it's more work & risk to integrate an external forum app (not to mention licenses, community aspects, etc) that to develop our own.

It takes a bit longer but the integration with the rest of the application is so much tighter (user system, wiki syntax, look & feel, database abstraction, unified search, etc) and so much more future-proof. In some cases, it makes sense to reuse external code (java or javascript mostly), but not for the forums.

The only advantage would have been to leverage exisiting communities and get more users. We could achieve these goals with less effort, via a data migration script and a phpBB look alike theme like this one:
http://themes.tikiwiki.org/Tikipedia

Even Bitweaver is now offering BoardsPackage to replace phpBB.
http://www.bitweaver.org/wiki/PhpBBPackage

While phpBB is nice & popular, there are some features, like file attachments to a post which have been in Tiki for years and are not yet in the stable version of phpBB (will be in 3.0)
http://www.phpbb.com/about/features/

OTOH, The user interface of Tiki forums was not so great. It has been improved in soon to be released 1.9.8 and even more in 1.10 (in dev)

AFAIK, phpbb import is still on wishlist:
http://dev.tikiwiki.org/tiki-view_tracker_item.php?itemId=1018

Best regards,

M ;-)

Upcoming Events

No records to display

Why Register?

Register at tiki.org and you'll be able to use the account at any *.tiki.org site, thanks to the InterTiki feature. A valid email address is required to receive site notifications and occasional newsletters. You can opt out of these items at any time.